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by ARLnow.com — November 24, 2015 at 6:00 am 0

A new pizza place in Clarendon has fired up its wood fire oven and is ready to serve a wide variety of pizza, salads and beer.

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza recently opened a new restaurant in Clarendon, at 1119 N. Hudson Street, and the company is ready to introduce Arlington residents to a healthier type of pizza, said co-owner Jeff VanDyke.

“Our pizzas are thin crust so they tend to be healthier than other pizzas out there,” VanDyke said.

Brixx’s pizzas are made on traditional or whole wheat crust, both made from scratch every morning. Both doughs are vegan and guests can ask for vegan cheese. Gluten-free dough is also available. The restaurant, which is known for its large selection of beers on tap, offers gluten-free drinking options as well.

Brixx strives to have a casual and relaxing atmosphere, Van Dyke said. The restaurant is kid and family friendly, but looks to attract an older crowd as well with its late night offerings. The restaurant is open until 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

Its late openings fit in with the Clarendon bar scene, and Clarendon’s dynamic environment attracted the company to the area.

“We love the energy of the neighborhood in Clarendon,” VanDyke said. “Very vibrant. We’re excited to settle into the neighborhood. We love to work with the schools for fundraisers.”

The pizza chain offers discounts to police officers and firefighters, VanDyke said, noting that he often sees emergency personnel eat at the restaurant.

Beyond being a neighborhood-friendly restaurant, Brixx was built on the idea of being green and fresh. The chain recycles the glass from beer bottles and makes everything fresh that day.

“We do a lot of different styles of pizza,” VanDyke siad. “There’s good variety in terms of the menu.”

He recommends newcomers try the Bronx Bomber, a pizza with Italian sausage, prosciutto, mozzarella and gorgonzola; the Mexican, which has a black bean spread, chicken and jalapenos; or the Margherita, though there are so many options it is hard to choose.

In addition to pizzas, the restaurant offers a selection of salads, sandwiches and pastas.

“Even though we are called a pizza place, we have really good salads,” VanDyke said.

Customers over 21 can enjoy a selection of 24 beers on tap or 14 wines. Brixx tries to use local breweries for each of their selections, and the beer choices rotate monthly, he said.

“We have what we call our M.B.A. program, Masters of Beer Appreciation, where you can earn rewards,” VanDyke said.

Those who enroll in the program can earn t-shirts, beer goblets and free pizza based on the amount of times they visit Brixx.

Brixx Wood Fired opened in Clarendon last month and is already seeing steady business. Call it a hidden gem: the Hudson Street location is a bit set back from Clarendon’s main drag. Look for it between the CVS and Nam-Viet restaurant.

Brixx is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday.

The preceding was a sponsored profile written by Heather Mongilio for ARLnow.com.

by ARLnow.com — November 19, 2015 at 6:00 am 0

Fire Works
2350 Clarendon Boulevard
Phone: 703-527-8700

When Fire Works opened its first urban location, in the Courthouse neighborhood of Arlington, the owners thought it would be best to start from scratch, to create a space to suit the needs of both the restaurant and the community it’s in.

Fire Works was built from the ground up, taking the same ideas of the wood fired pizza restaurant’s successful Leesburg location, and going bigger, upscale and trendier. The construction included bars inside and out, a huge patio and glass windows.

To take on this project, the owners of Fire Works hired Jon Hoffmeyer. He’s been in the business for 25 years, but this was the first time he took a restaurant from conception to operation.

Hoffmeyer worked with engineers and the restaurant owners. He says because the restaurant is family-owned, he got more autonomy than he would have with a corporate owner.

“I took it from a shell,” Hoffmeyer said. “It’s been rewarding actually, because it was something I hadn’t done in that scope before, and got to go from the ground up.”

Once construction was completed, Hoffmeyer hired and trained the staff, and opened Fire Works in August 2010. Training is very important to Hoffmeyer, because in his philosophy, the staff come first.

“First and foremost staff is well trained and equipped, and they can take that to the guests,” Hoffmeyer said.

When employees are well-trained, they can take a positive attitude and transfer that to guests, he says. When the focus is only on the guests of restaurants, staff members don’t love to work there — and it shows.

The restaurant business tends to be transient, but Hoffmeyer has been pleased at how many staff stick around. He says some bartenders and servers have been there since day one, and a good portion of the kitchen staff.

“It’s a fun place and a good place to work and people can make a living at doing it,” Hoffmeyer said.

The pizza at Fire Works is very good, but is not the sole reason people come back, Hoffmeyer says. With music on and a crowd inside and out on the patio, the atmosphere is lively. It’s the energy, he says, that really sets Fire Works apart.

Something that makes Fire Works fit into the Northern Virginia restaurant landscape is its interest in finding locally-sourced foods.

It’s something that has become popular in recent years, but Hoffmeyer says “farm-to-fork” eating has been a priority of the owners since before the idea was trendy.

The standards for farm-to-fork mean it’s harder to make it work from the Arlington location — the meat comes from about 100 miles away, for example. In Loudon County, where the owners’ other restaurant locations are, it’s easier to get local foods.

Fire Works has now been in Arlington for more than five years. Hoffmeyer appreciates how businesses in Arlington look out for each other. He says the mix of business and residential spaces nearby make for an interesting balance.

He says Fire Works gets a chance to interact with that community, partially because of the glass walls of the building. When there’s light coming inside, guests can see out and pedestrians can see in. Because of that, he says the dining area isn’t removed from the outside world, and it feels like part of Arlington.

The preceding was a sponsored profile written by Eleanor Greene for ARLnow.com.

by ARLnow.com — November 17, 2015 at 6:00 am 0

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Lou Sagatov
Real Estate Agent

[email protected]

You may have heard the Sagatov name around Arlington, especially if you’re house shopping. It graces signs in front of new homes and work trucks traversing local streets.

The man behind the name is Lou Sagatov, but he’s no longer in charge of his eponymous design-build business. Lou passed the business to his son and has started a new career as a real estate agent.

Lou, who also has a daughter-in-law who works in real estate, is proud of his family business. He’s also proud to treat his clients like family.

“One of the things that I offer personalized service to people. I’m not trying to capture the whole world, I just like working on a one to one basis with people and helping them reach their goals,” Sagatov said. “I’d rather work with less people and have a full relationship than try to be so stretched out that I can’t fully service the people I’m dealing with.”

That philosophy for real estate clients is influenced by Sagatov’s 28 years of previous experience in design-build.

When he works with a seller, he uses market analysis to help him determine the current value of the home. Then he helps the owners figure out if they need to make any improvements to maximize its value on the market.

“We do whatever makes the most sense so they can sell their house to meet their goals,” Sagatov said.

After that, he manages the marketing, using online promotion and open houses to help sell the homes.

With buyers, it’s important to set priorities, whether it’s to find a home that’s perfect today or finding a property that buyers can expand or renovate, Sagatov says.

Sagatov says what keeps his clients coming back and referrals rolling in is his transparency and personalized service.

There are challenges in working real estate, Sagatov says. He’s used to dealing with them, because they’re similar to those he’s faced before. It’s about communicating with clients and helping clients get what they want out of the experience.

“I’m working with a builder right now, there are a lot of new builders on the market, how do we get his product sold in a competitive market?” Sagatov said. “For clients, it’s how do we find the right home for them that will allow them to end up with what their dream is? For sellers, it’s how do we sell the house quickly so they maximize their net profit?”

From speaking with him, it’s clear Sagatov puts a great deal of thought into his interactions with clients, as he does with his family.

“I try to figure out how can I support my son and my brother and my daughter-in-law,” Sagatov said. “How do I support them in their business and help them achieve what they want to do too.”

The family is based in Northern Virginia, an area Sagatov has called home for decades. Whether working with a buyer or seller, Sagatov himself is sold on the Arlington area, because of the parks and trails balanced with cultural events and local businesses. Sagatov said Arlington “gives you all the elements you want,” but noted it wouldn’t be the same without the people.

“What I really enjoy about Arlington is the people, there’s a great diversity of people so that makes living here a lot of fun.”

The preceding was a sponsored profile written by Eleanor Greene for ARLnow.com.

by ARLnow.com — November 12, 2015 at 6:00 am 0

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Founder: Alison Cardy

Do you wish you had a group of fellow professionals who could help you with your career and personal goals?

Alison Cardy did, and that’s why she started Belleconnecta.

Cardy describes Belleconnecta simply as “A community of women who are interested in improving their lives in some way.”

What these women have in common is that they’re professionals living in Northern Virginia who want to increase their sense of community and make positive changes in their lives.

Cardy’s main work is as a career coach who specializes in guiding men and women through career transitions. Cardy has been doing this work for almost seven years, and while she enjoys helping people with their careers and giving specialized advice, she wanted to connect with clients and the local community in an ongoing way.

So in January, with the encouragement of several of her friends and clients, Cardy launched Belleconnecta’s first six month women’s coaching cohort.

The members meet once a month for a structured coaching workshop over dinner. Cardy provides frameworks and exercises that can be applied to any area of life, and members work through this material together and share their insights with one another. They also have a monthly group phone call to share updates and reconnect to the improvements they’re focusing on. Cardy says these two touchpoints mean clients’ goals are never too far from their minds.

“Most things in life improve with attention. This program is really about giving yourself the time and space to pay attention to your life, so that you can make the changes you want to see,” Cardy said. “In addition, the program emphasizes courage. A lot of what we want is on the other side of a hard or scary action. It’s so much easier to take those uncomfortable steps that will really move your life forward when you know there’s a group of wonderful women right beside you cheering you on.”

Cardy was pleased with the outcomes from the session that started in January. Healthy routines were implemented, closets were organized, boundaries were set, outlooks were improved, leadership opportunities at work were snagged, and cross country moves were embarked on. She is wrapping up her second cohort this December and will be launching a new group in January.

There is a second component to the Belleconnecta community. Cardy puts on a personal Self Care Day for Belleconnecta members and the general public a couple times a year. The next one is on December 12 at the Lyon Park Community Center in Clarendon.

“For most of us we think ‘self-care’ and wind up coming home and watching TV at the end of a long day,” Cardy said. “This is more active. It’s a time and space to reflect, a day to recharge and reconnect.”

Cardy knows hers isn’t the only group that provides space for area professionals to connect with one another. But these groups tend to be framed around industry specific professional development or networking events, where it’s often hard to get past small talk level connections.

“I’m so attracted to the in-person format where you get to see the same people every month and talk about things that really matter, because it allows connections to strengthen much more easily,” Cardy said. “This is something the average professional can participate in, get a great result, have a good time and make new friends.”

To receive an invitation to Belleconnecta’s next coaching cohort Open House and a community discount to Self Care Day, join the Belleconnecta community at www.belleconnecta.com.

The preceding was a sponsored profile written by Eleanor Greene for ARLnow.com.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — November 10, 2015 at 6:00 am 0

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United Social Sports is bringing more leagues to Northern Virginia this Winter! Want to meet new people? Maybe see your friends more often? Wanna stay active and moving?

United Social Sports Winter registration is OPEN and you can accomplish all of these by registering for one or more of the Winter leagues in Arlington and D.C.! But act fast, Winter registration is closing soon, and leagues are filling fast! Check out our featured leagues that still have space below.

Ready to get active this Winter? Check out the returning and new leagues playing this Winter! Use Promo Code: ARLWT16 & save on registration!

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Heads up — Team Sports registration closes Jan. 12, and Bar Sports on Jan. 19 or when leagues fill. Be sure to act fast!

Also, don’t miss out on our upcoming events, including the Bubble Soccer Tournament in D.C. on Dec. 5.

by ARLnow.com — November 5, 2015 at 6:30 am 0

Sedona | Slate creates an inspired choice tailored for modern living, just across the river from D.C. in Arlington’s trendy Rosslyn neighborhood. In this upscale building, residents an ample selection of enjoy spacious floor plans from studios to two bedrooms, unparalleled amenities and eco-friendly features all centered in a vibrant neighborhood.

If you’re apartment hunting, check out these incentives — new residents moving in by November 30th receive up to 2 months of rent FREE, plus a $250 Target gift card, which will be great to use at the brand new Target in Rosslyn, conveniently just a block away.

The residences in Sedona | Slate are equipped with stainless steel appliances and versatile moveable kitchen islands. Show of your exceptional style and select from three cabinet finishes and plank flooring shades. Natural light cascades in through stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, or step outside and take in the view of the city skyline from your balcony.

Take advantage of the top notch amenities right at home in Sedona | Slate. Work out at the KICK Fitness Center with towel service, personal trainer and group classes available. Take in the view at the rooftop swimming pool with sundeck or chill out with friends in the courtyard lounging in adirondack chairs and firing up dinner at the grilling stations. Perfect your bank shot at the top floor lounge with billiards or host your next party — there’s even a separate catering kitchen. So busy that you have no time to shop? Sign up for the 4P Foods weekly delivery and get locally grown farm fresh produce, meat and eggs sent right to you.

But for those who want to venture out into the neighborhood, and believe us, you’ll want to, Sedona | Slate is just three blocks from the Rosslyn Metro which is conveniently on the Orange, Silver and Blue lines. There’s easy hiking and biking along the nearby Custis and Mount Vernon trails, and you’ll also find a range of nightlife, restaurants, and cultural activities waiting for you right outside your door. For those who want to venture a bit further from home, take a leisurely mile walk right over the Key Bridge into Georgetown.

Call, swing by for a tour or visit the website today to check out the inspired residences at Sedona | Slate.

Sedona | Slate
1510 Clarendon Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209

The preceding post was sponsored by Sedona | Slate.

by ARLnow.com — October 29, 2015 at 6:00 am 0

This luxury three story home is slightly elevated on a large 15,663 square foot lot is a quiet neighborhood north of Lee Highway. From the street, a grand entrance has a curved staircase up to a covered front porch with grand door entrance that reveals a luxurious open foyer with an elevator conveniently tucked away.

The large open family room with gas fireplace connects to a gourmet kitchen complete with a 48″ Wolf range, Subzero built-in refrigerator and a chef’s prep island with counter seating surrounded by granite countertops and premium wood cabinetry. In addition, the main level has a private home office, spacious living room and a formal dining room with double doors opening out to a spacious backyard with gorgeous fireplace and patio primed for entertaining.

The second floor master suite with double door entrance opens to a large room complete with two walk-in closets, a luxurious master bathroom with two sinks, walk-in shower and free-standing tub. Just down the hall is a bedroom suite with private bath and two additional bedrooms, bathroom and laundry room.

This property is listed at $1,979,000 and will be completed in early 2016. Contact us now to pick your finishes before it’s too late! For more information or to schedule a showing please contact Classic Cottages via email at [email protected] or by phone at 703-350-6365.

The preceding post was sponsored by Classic Cottages.

by ARLnow.com — October 22, 2015 at 6:00 am 0

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween, and even though apartment hunting may not be top-of-mind, consider attending Notch 8 ApartmentsBOOOpen House for a frighteningly fun Halloweekend. On Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sunday, October 25 from noon to 5 p.m., take a look around these brand new modern-industrial apartments in Potomac Yard.

This weekend has incentives so good they’ll make you scream! This weekend only, save up to 1.5 months FREE plus a $1,000 Giant gift card. Yep, imagine stocking your fridge with $1,000 worth of free groceries. There is a Giant grocery store located right on-site along with a PNC Bank and Starbucks, all super convenient to your brand new apartment.

Take a haunted tour of the spooktacular model apartments at Notch 8 decorated extra creepy especially for Halloween, and enjoy some complimentary tasty treats and refreshments we know you’ll be goblin up.

This is an event not to be missed, especially when you see all the features and amenities these apartments have to offer. In your apartment, you’ll find stainless steel appliances, contemporary plank flooring, oversized windows streaming in natural light, and a hi-tech Nest learning thermostat.

The amenity areas include a courtyard with swimming pool and hammocks, fitness center with a personal trainer and group classes, game room with Xbox One and PS4, lounge with billiards, and so much more.

Commuting is made easy with a Metroway bus running every six minutes during rush hour to the Crystal City and Braddock Road Metro stations on the blue and yellow lines.

Plus, Notch 8 offers the best in eco-living with a smoke-free community, EV charging stations in the garage, and Zipcar right next door.

Enjoy some fang-tastic fun and scary-good deals at Notch 8 in Potomac Yard at this weekend’s Open House. Learn more about the event on Notch 8’s website or call 866-811-1457.

The preceding post was sponsored by Notch 8 Apartments.

by ARLnow.com — October 20, 2015 at 6:00 am 0

Just steps away from the trendy shops and restaurants of Shirlington is a gorgeous two-bedroom loft that makes quite a statement. This light-filled “Ashlawn” model might just be your ideal home in the sought-after Fairlington community.

From the curb, this 1944 garden apartment converted to condo looks classic, with red brick and black shutters, but on the inside, an updated, open floor plan is revealed. A soaring two story foyer and living room over looked by the loft space is the signature — but don’t stop there. The home features two bedrooms, and an option for one or two bathrooms — and loads of storage throughout including three large closets in the master bedroom.

The open-plan living room with neutral carpeting has a spiral staircase that adds architectural interest to the living space and easy access to a cozy reading loft or office.

In addition to the bedrooms and relaxing spaces, this three level condo has lower-level flex space, which could be a home gym or office, and an unfinished attic space for storage. The kitchen has an electric stove, sleek countertops and cabinets and an inviting breakfast-nook-style dining space. This residence also has central air cooling and forced air heating. Additional community amenities include tennis courts, swimming pool, ball fields, basketball courts and community center.

The area around the home is great for people looking to walk, bike, or just spend time outside. The home has a balcony overlooking the property’s backyard that can easily accommodate an al fresco dining table. With a home close to bike and jogging trails, homeowners will love to explore the vibrant Shirlington community, and can easily access anything they may need on foot, including Harris Teeter, the public library, coffee shops, and many top-notch local restaurants and retail shops.

This property is listed at $409,900. For more information or to schedule a showing please contact Bret Brock via email at [email protected] or by phone at 703-538-6030.

The preceding post was sponsored by Brock Realty and written by Eleanor Greene for ARLnow.com.

Just Listed in Arlington

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — October 16, 2015 at 8:00 am 0

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Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”

This has been a big week for condo sales. Of the 58 ratified contracts on homes in Arlington this week, 38 of those were condos.

Medium to lower price housing ($200,000 – $700,000) is selling well in Arlington while homes priced over $1 million are slowly being absorbed. The high number of condo sales has pushed the average list price of ratified homes down to $504,000, the lowest point so far this year.

Only 49 new listings came on the market this week. Interest rates fluctuated this week, but ended a few basis points lower to an average of 3.93% for a 30-yr fixed rate. Rates varied widely among different lenders, so if you are looking for a mortgage be sure to shop around to compare rates and terms.

Listing of the week: 510 N. Monroe St. and be sure to check out the very cool high def 3-D virtual tour by Nubefin.

You can access all active listings in Arlington on the Cathell Team website.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — October 15, 2015 at 11:45 am 0

Bistro 360 is a wine bar, market, and restaurant tucked away on the main Courthouse drag. Enjoy delicious standbys along with some fresh dishes from the brand new menu! In addition to dining, stop by for a wide selection of wine, specialty beers, and homemade treats in the market section.

Southern Special: You can’t go wrong with the Shrimp and Nora Mills Grits. Sautéed shrimp sits on a bed of silky smooth grits. It’s topped off with some bell peppers, spicy Tasso ham, and a creamy white wine sauce. We’ll eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (or maybe just brunch, lunch, and dinner.)

Release The Quacken: This Asian-inspired Duck Breast features tender, thick slabs that comprise the meat of the dish. Carrot sesame slaw with a hoisin scallion sauce gives it a hearty southeastern twang.

Good Food You Can’t Pronounce: Look no further for lunch today than a delicious Grilled Tuna Nicoise Salad. Fresh tuna seared rare sits atop mesclun greens in a salad fit for Gourmet Magazine. Haricots verts, salty Kalamata olives, tomatoes, and a Tarragon vinaigrette all add complementing flavors.

Georgian Cheesebread: Khachapuri presents an incredible solution to pizza cravings. The homemade crust is light and crunchy, and is sprinkled with feta, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses. A sunny side up egg in the middle does more than look pretty; it’s for dipping! Go ahead — tell your kids it’s for adults only and get one more bite in. We won’t judge.

This concludes our Arlington Spotluck Spotlight mini-series. Hungry yet?? Download the Spotluck app!!

About Spotluck: If you’ve ever had trouble figuring out where to eat in Arlington, we hear ya. We’re a small (but mighty) D.C. area startup that created an awesome free restaurant discovery app that lets you “spin” for discounts at great local spots every day. Don’t be hangry, download Spotluck for iPhone or Android to discover and save money at a local restaurant today.

by ARLnow.com — October 15, 2015 at 5:00 am 0

turkey trot logoThe Arlington Turkey Trot is up and running on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 26 at 8 a.m. Run with us! Now is the time to register to run, sponsor, or volunteer.

Please also join us for the kick-off party on Thursday, October 22!

The Tenth Anniversary Appreciation Event will celebrate 10 years of the fun-run way to love our neighbors! The event is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Trot founder, Christ Church of Arlington (3020 N. Pershing Drive, on the corner of Highland).

The preceding post was sponsored by the Arlington Turkey Trot.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — October 13, 2015 at 6:00 am 0

Verde Pointe PoolYou’re invited to celebrate the Grand Opening of Verde Pointe Apartments & Townhome Flats this weekend!

Saturday, October 17 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Enjoy delicious barbecue and delightful refreshments as you wander all around Arlington’s latest residential addition–from the electric car charging stations in the underground garage up to the swimming pool on the 10th floor rooftop–and check out the cool features you can find in between, like personal wine storage, smart thermostats and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Enter to win lots of great prizes including a FUJI BIKE and a MOM’s Organic Market Verde Pointe fireplacegift card!

Plus, for a limited time only, Live Rent-Free until 2016!*

Tower & Townhome Flats

  • Unique Studio, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bedroom + Den, and 2 Bedroom floor plans
  • In-Unit Washer & Dryer
  • Quartz Countertops
  • Ample Closet Space

Community Amenities

  • Outdoor Kitchen & Dining Room
  • Pet Wash Station
  • Secure Bicycle Storage
  • 24-Hour Front Desk Service

NeighborhoodVerde Pointe pool table/billiards room

  • Five minutes to Orange and Silver Metro lines and steps from many Arlington Transit Bus and Metrobus routes
  • Direct access to the adjacent Custis Bike Trail
  • At the center of the Courthouse neighborhood–easy access to shopping, dining and nightlife
  • MOM’s Organic Market–to open later this year–is just an elevator ride away

Verde Pointe Apartments & Townhome Flats

Grand Opening

Saturday, October 17, 2015Verde Pointe kitchen area
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
1947 N. Uhle Street
Arlington, VA 22201
RSVP: [email protected]

*Move in by November 1, 2015 and get two months free rent. Must sign 13-month lease. Available on select units only. Not valid with any other offer.

The preceding article was sponsored by Verde Pointe.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — October 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0

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Editor’s Note: The Local Woof is a column that’s sponsored and written by the staff of Woofs! Dog Training Center. Woofs! has full-service dog training, boarding, and daycare facilities, near Shirlington and Ballston.

Do you “practice at your performance?”

I’ve been talking to a lot of clients about practice lately. People hate practice. Do you remember being forced to practice the piano? What about sports drills? It seems to be in our nature to want to get better at something but to hate the process required to get there. Dog training is the same way. We want our dog to be well behaved but we find it challenging to put in the time it takes to make that happen.

One of the biggest mistakes people make in training their dogs is that they try to practice in the exact environment where they are having trouble. I call this “practicing at your performance.” Have you ever had to give a speech, or a recital? How many hours did you spend practicing in a quiet room by your self? What about in front of a friendly audience in you living room? Do you decide to run a marathon and wake up one day and run 26 miles? I doubt it. Accomplishing these goals can take hours, weeks and months of practice before you ever take the stage.

The same applies to training your dog. Say for example your dog is out of control when you encounter another dog while walking on leash. Your dog barks and lunges and you generally have to drag him off in another direction. You would like to replace this behavior with a dog who can sit quietly while another dog passes within 10 feet.

This is a reasonable goal, but you cannot start by practicing this behavior while out walking your dog. Asking your dog to perform a behavior they have not had sufficient practice on is unfair and often results in the handler being disappointed or even angry when the dog cannot deliver up an expert performance. You will need to start by making sure your dog can sit quietly with a dog 25 ft away, then 15 ft away then 10 ft away. This could take weeks or months of practice before you ever attempt it out on a walk.

But practice doesn’t have to be a chore. Keep in mind that it will take time, but the more practice sessions you do, the faster you will achieve your goal. Here are some tips to help you achieve your training goals!

#1: It doesn’t have to be a process. One of the biggest hurdles to practicing is getting started. We tend to think we need to spend a lot of time getting organized, cutting up treats, clearing a space, etc. The truth is you can sneak in a little practice at any time. Have some leftovers? Practice a few behaviors before feeding them to the dog. Time to eat? Ask your dog to do some tricks before putting down the bowl. Better yet, get them to work for their meals.

#2: Have treats everywhere. Purchase some attractive containers and place them strategically around the house. Remote treats should be non-perishable, not too stinky, but still something your dog is willing to work for. Freeze dried treats are a really good option in this case. This allows you to reward good behavior any time you see it.

#3: Reward for everyday activities. All out practice sessions are great, but training that is integrated into your daily life is the most effective. Need your dog to sit when he sees another dog on a walk? Start training sits all over your house. Before going out, before coming in, before going up stairs, before getting out of the crate. The more automatic the behavior becomes, the easier it will be to use out in the real world.

The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ARLnow.com.

by ARLnow.com — October 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm 0

Rosslyn skyline (including ARLnow.com's office, in the background)ARLnow.com, recognized as one of the most-read local independent online news websites in the country, is looking for talented individuals to join our news and sales staff.

Locally owned and based in Rosslyn, ARLnow has the following job openings.

Local News Reporter

ARLnow is seeking a local news reporter with at least one year of full-time professional experience at a newspaper, broadcast outlet or online local news publication. We’re looking for candidate who can:

  • Write clean, compelling and error-free copy quickly
  • Become an expert in everything Arlington, from housing policy to restaurant openings to local crime and justice
  • Find an interesting lede from even the most boring of County Board discussions
  • Handle deadline pressure and a deluge of reader comments with grace
  • Have fun and bring a bit of levity to the local news

We offer competitive pay and benefits, plus weekends and holidays off. To apply, send a resume and links to published work to: [email protected]

Community and Business Engagement Manager

ARLnow publisher Local News Now LLC is seeking a creative, outgoing, organized and determined individual to join our team as a community and business engagement manager. Responsibilities include:

  • Consulting with local businesses in Arlington and D.C. about their marketing needs
  • Suggesting display and native advertising solutions that will help prospective clients grow their business
  • Organizing public events
  • Helping to brainstorm ideas for advertising campaigns, events and community outreach
  • Representing ARLnow and LNN’s D.C. sites at local events and networking opportunities
  • Helping to develop new services and marketing strategies

Small business B2B sales experience is desired but not required. Training will be provided. Compensation is base plus benefits plus a generous commission structure.

To apply, send a resume and a short cover letter selling yourself as a job candidate to: [email protected]


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